3 Pro Putting Tips for Amateur Golfers
Have you ever watched a tour professional effortlessly sink a putt and wonder to yourself, “What do they know that I don’t?”
As a PGA teaching professional who works with amateurs and tour pros alike, I can tell you that even the pros struggle with putting. No matter how effortless their putting looks to you, they are working to overcome many of the same challenges you are. They don’t have a special secret or know an innovative technique. They simply know the best way to practice their putts. Even the best players constantly drill their putting skills just to establish better habits and greater consistency.
I am going to share three pro putting tips that can help you play better on the green. Each tip includes a drill that I have used to help both my amateur students and tour professionals. These tips are valuable for golfers at every level.
If you’re struggling with your putting, the following methods could help you turn your game around.
Tip #1: Mastering Movement in the Body
It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that excess movement in the body can throw off your putt. However, if you’re like a lot of weekend golfers, the advice you’ve received on body movement probably sounds like this:
“Keep your head down!”
This is not the most useful advice. Head rotation is probably the least of your problems.
The real issue for most golfers lies in the movement of the actual body. Amateurs and pros alike struggle with the instinct to shift their body from left to right or from right to left as they swing. This shifting throws off the motion of the stroke. What’s more, you may not even realize you’ve been doing it.
Fortunately, the drill you can use to correct this habit also helps you gauge your own tendency to shift as you putt.
If you want to train yourself to prevent that movement in the body, do this simple drill:
Take your setup.
Balance on your lead foot.
Lift your trail foot off the ground. (You can rest the toe on the ground behind you if you’re struggling to balance.)
Take your putt balanced only on the lead foot.
By running this drill, you learn how it feels to putt without shifting your body, and you train your body to approach putts this way.
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